The Ohio Statehouse Museum

Bruce Wilder Saville created this monument in 1923, not long after the end of World War I and the passage of the 19th amendment to the U.S. constitution, which granted American women the right to vote. The statue is centrally located on the north side of Capitol Square along Broad Street.

Peace Monument and Veterans Memorial

The inscription on the monument reads:

Commemorating the heroic sacrifices of Ohio’s soldiers of the Civil War 1861-65 and the loyal women of that period.
Erected by the Woman’s Relief Corps Department of Ohio 1923

When our country sent out the call to arms for the preservation of the Union Ohio sent more than three hundred thousand of her sons. . . They had the faith that right makes might and that faith dared to do their duty. . . This memorial is erected in grateful tribute to their devotion and self-sacrifice.

Men win glory in the fierce heat of conflict but the glory of Woman is more hardly won. . . Upon her falls the burden of maintaining the family and the home; nursing the sick and wounded and restoring the courage of the broken. She endures the suspense of battle without its exaltation. . . This memorial is erected in grateful tribute to the loyal women of 61-65 without whose help no victory—or lasting peace—could ever have been won.

Let us have peace.